Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast REVIEW

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Tinker Bell and her fairy friends are back in this 6th (and possibly last) installment of the franchise—but this time, the green hourglass-shaped fairy is taking a backseat.

Fawn, the impulsive compassionate animal fairy, is driven by her big heart. When she meets a seemingly dangerous creature Pixie Hollow has never seen before, she’s faced with a dilemma—whether to follow her head or her heart. Her head is telling her to be a “model citizen” and let the Scout Fairies, lead by uncompromising Nyx, handle the situation. However, her heart urges her to help this wounded beast. Through adorable animal-human fairy interactions reminiscent of How to Train Your Dragon, Fawn discovers the enchanting, playful side of this beast and lovingly names him Gruff. Nyx is less than happy that Gruff is roaming Pixie Hollow, and the legend that Gruff will turn into a monster does not help change her mind. Neither Fawn nor Nyx is wrong in their viewpoint, providing more moral shades of gray than previous fairy movies.

It’s certainly darker in tone, but I think this will be widely appreciated as it reflects the world today. There is no evil villain seeking to conquer the world—rather, it’s two opposing sides that just want to do what they think is right. Fawn needs to learn how to be a bit more rational and think with her head while Nyx needs to expand her heart and learn compassion. This provides a double-edged moral lesson that provides food for thought rather than force-feeding audiences.

The movie is better paced than its predecessors, and some of its visuals of Gruff changing colors and absorbing lighting bolts even had my 12-year-old brother admitting that it was “cool.” Though the overall plot is predictable, I still was not able to prepare myself for the poignant full-circle ending that may quite possibly represent Disney’s goodbye to this well-received franchise. For its intended audience, I would give it 5 out of 5 stars… It’s evolved, riveting, and wholesome for the family.

 

First Published on Crixit.com

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on February 9, 2015, in Movie Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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